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by Nancy Holzner

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A new Deadtown novel in the acclaimed dark urban fantasy series by the author of Bloodstone and Hellforged...

They call it Deadtown: Boston’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents, a result of the zombie plague. Most humans avoid it like...well, like the plague—but shapeshifter Victory Vaughn,


A new Deadtown novel in the acclaimed dark urban fantasy series by the author of Bloodstone and Hellforged...

They call it Deadtown: Boston’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents, a result of the zombie plague. Most humans avoid it like...well, like the plague—but shapeshifter Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human.

Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and bitter enemy, is trying to regain his full powers.

But Pryce isn’t alone. He’s conjured another, darker villain from Vicky’s past. To stop them from destroying everything she loves, she’ll have to face her own worst fear—in the realm of the dead itself.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Deadtown Novel , #4
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Meet the Author

Nancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a Ph.D.

She began her career as a medievalist, then jumped off the tenure track to try some other things. Besides teaching English and philosophy, she's worked as a technical writer, freelance editor and instructional designer, college admissions counselor, and corporate trainer. She is the author of the dark urban fantasy Deadtown series including such titles as Bloodstone, Hellhound, and Hellforged. She is also coauthor, with Nancy Conner, of the Bo Forrester mystery Peace, Love, and Murder.

Nancy lives in upstate New York with her husband Steve, where they both work from home without getting on each other's nerves. She enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.

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Darklands 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Lots of action. Female heroine without constant sex talk. She is smart and kicks butt when she needs too.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by April, Book provided by Ace Books, and Review originally posted at Romancing the Book. Darklands is an enjoyable and entertaining romp in the world of the paranormal, filled with suspense, intensity and a magical dose of romance. For lovers of Urban Fantasy, such as myself, Darklands will satisfy on many levels and leave you yearning for more. This is book four in the “A Deadtown Novel” series, following Deadtown (#1), Hellforged (#2) and Bloodstone (#3). I have not read the previous books in this series, but the synopsis of this one instantly captured my attention and made me want to grab it and delve in. Did I regret this? Absolutely not. To be honest, I never would have even thought that this was part of a series, it is that well written and “complete”, never once making me wonder what was going on or why. The characters are rich and vivid and written in a way that I truly felt myself connected to them and caring for them. Vicky is the main character and a demon exterminator. She is brave, intelligent, loyal and suffers insecurities just as anyone else does. It is for these reasons that she endeared herself to me from the very beginning. Her boyfriend, Kane, is a werewolf and while there really isn’t much more than a few glimpses into their relationship, it is there. The story focuses mainly on Vicky and her spiral into the Darklands where she must put a stop to her demi-demon cousin, Pryce, before he is able to destroy all realms of the world, plummeting them into pure evil. I found Vicky’s time in the Darklands to be interesting and the encounters with the different paranormal forms to be intriguing. Nancy Holzner does an excellent job of creating a three dimensional world in which I was easily able to slip within, visualizing the world created by Ms. Holzner and the vast cast of characters. I recommend Darklands to any readers who are fans of the paranormal and urban fantasy. I look forward to reading more works by this author, including the previous books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun plot with nice little twists. I love the idea of a person who can slay demons in dreams, have a good relationship with her werewolf boyfriend, not want to kill her roommate, and still defeat evil on the side. Pretty stupendous. The author has build an interesting world where zombies and supernaturals are persecuted, demons are real (in a sense), and people are the same kind of zealots they are in real life. The werewolf boyfriend is a lawyer fighting for equality among supernaturals and human alike. Her side kick is a zombie teenager with attention span problems. Her roommate is the Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. The evil is a half human, half demon with delusions of grandeur that might just come true if she doesn't stop it. All in a days work! I enjoy the series. This is book four, so my recommendation is to start off with the first book in the series and work up! You on, you can do it!
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kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
Worth A Read I strongly suggest you read the previous books in the series (Deadtown, Hellforged and Bloodstone) prior to reading this installment. This installment started off a bit slow for me. The story was enjoyable, however, the author donated a little bit more time to Vicky’s relationship with her were boyfriend than I would’ve preferred. I agree with another reviewer in regards to the cover. I personally found it hideous and I felt that it does not do the series justice. I found the motive and story plot purposeless. Don’t get me wrong, there was action-packed parts and interesting moments, but the story itself felt forced. Although, I found many parts boring, the book was not dreadful; it just was not as consistently exciting as previous books. Vicky’s interaction with her niece and their aunt Mab is always a treat and was a definite highlight. I recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and will read the next book in the series Hellhound due out in 2013.
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wendywoconnell More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I’ve read in Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown Novel Series books and let me say, it just keeps getting better. For me, it starts with Holzner’s brilliant characterization and unfolds from there. Victory Vaughn isn’t exactly human in the sense she’s a shapeshifter, but she is human in every other way – in the ways that count. I would follow her through ten more books. She’s that good of a character. She’s not just a little hookish with a bit of voice. Victory is the whole package. Let me give you one of her dimensions - her soft side. This is Victory thinking backing on her dad. This is also, a chick that wields a heavy sword with ease. “Memories rushed back. When I was a little girl, jolted awake by a nightmare, and my father’s arms felt like a fortress against the terrors of the night.” This is Victory can taking care of herself, as in this graph. She doesn’t even have to shapeshift into a ferocious beast to do so. “I checked the weapons I already wore – knives in thigh and ankle sheathes, pistol in a shoulder holster, another at my hip. All set. Good to be prepared, but I didn’t expect to use any weapons here.” In other words, she can fight. She can feel, but that last part can sometimes flaw her, which often makes for a more interesting story. In this particular one, it brought in a delightful new character known as Butterfly. This character makes me rethink my own flaws such as should I really eat that fat, piece of cake? You’ll have to read and find out who Butterfly is in the book. The rest of Victory’s supporting cast did a great job, but the one that stood out the most to me was Kane. I like nice guys, and for a werewolf Kane is a great example of one. Let me give you one and then I’ll close the door on quotes. “I’ve fought by your side before, and I’m always ready to do it again. Always. Don’t go alone – wait until I can be with you….” There’s more to this, but I’m afraid of giving too much away. Mostly, Kane is willing to be with Victory anywhere and he allows her to be who she is without trying to make her into something she is not, or own her. Like I said, he is a nice guy in every sense of the word. Now, a word on the plot of this book which was put together like a master craftsman. I believe Holzner must carefully plan her books out like a professor does a college classroom using a syllabus. It would impossible not to do so. Her ideas are anything but simple, but how she unfolds them to the reader make it easy to understand. The background research involving things like Arthurian Legends, and Welsh Mythology had to be enormous on top of the writing itself. The hard work and dedication has paid off in this series, and I for one plan to pass it around. I highly recommend, not just Darklands but Bloodstone, the book before it. I would also recommend reading it slow. This is not easy with good books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough with the relationship issues!!!! Kane has more than proved let alone told Victory how he feels about her. She is a kickass heroine that doesn't run from any battle but can't stand up to Kane loving her just the way she is? PLEASE don't turn this awesome series into one of those dime-a-dozen, angst-ridden, wishy-washy romance tripe filled series!!! I hope that with this latest proof of Kane's love for her is the last we see of Victory's unwilling to believe she is worthy of his love and FINALLY commit to the relationship. There was too much of this book written about this which took from the otherwise great plot. I have so enjoyed all the books of this series but after four books of this relationship not being cemented I've reached my limit. If the next book still has this relationship priblem, I'm finished with the series and maybe with the author. In most series the heroine grows emotionally as the series progresses. Usually relationships grow as well--either apart or together. So pick one please and move on to get back to the great urban fantasy that this series is all about